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Saudi Arabia issues vaccination rules for Hajj pilgrims

08:24 PM | 22 Jul, 2017
Saudi Arabia issues vaccination rules for Hajj pilgrims
JEDDAH - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has issued the vaccination and health requirements for pilgrims applying for Hajj visas, according to the Saudi health ministry.

The requirements for this year focus on the likes of the Zika virus, dengue, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS), yellow fever, cholera, meningitis, polio and vaccination against seasonal influenza.

Vaccination against meningitis is mandatory for all local and foreign pilgrims, the International Islamic News Agency reported. The flu vaccine is not compulsory, but it is desirable to take it considering the climate and susceptibility of pilgrims, the IINA added.

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/headline/hajj-2017-first-flight-to-set-off-for-madina-on-july-24/

The Saudi authorities have advised high-risk patients - those with ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, and renal problems - to take the flu vaccine, which will help them perform their Hajj and Umrah rituals without problems.

In accordance with the International Health Regulations from 2005, travellers arriving from countries at risk of yellow fever transmission must present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. The life-long certificate is valid from 10 days after the vaccination date.

Aircraft, ships, and other means of transportation coming from countries affected by yellow fever are requested to submit a certificate indicating that they applied disinfection in accordance with methods recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Regardless of age and vaccination status, proof of receipt of a dose of oral polio vaccine, or inactivated polio vaccine, within the previous 12 months and at least four weeks prior to departure, is required to apply for an entry visa to Saudi Arabia for travellers arriving from countries including Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

The polio vaccine is also required of pilgrims from states no longer affected by the infectious disease, but which remain vulnerable to re-infection. These include Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Guinea, Laos, Madagascar, Myanmar, Niger, Ukraine, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent out circulars to all its missions abroad regarding the rules.

The writer is a member of the staff.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 24 April 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.2 for buying and 296.2 for selling while British Pound hovers at 339.5 for buying, and 343 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.25. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.2 296.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 339.5 343
U.A.E Dirham AED 75 75.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.25 73.95
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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